Track Apps measures Mustang performance
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The 2013 Ford Mustang lets enthusiasts measure their driving fun with a new "Track Apps" electronics package geared to those who take their Mustangs to the track on weekends.
The package, which works only on Mustangs with a new 4.2-inch LCD screen on the center console, enables drivers to measure performance in categories such as G-forces, braking times and acceleration times in the quarter mile and from 0 to 60 mph. There's even a drag-racing-inspired Christmas tree that counts down from top to bottom for a start.
Customers can track their all-time bests in each category. The application is operated with a five-way button on the steering wheel. Track Apps is standard on premium V-6, premium GT, Boss and GT500 Mustangs.
The package is part of Ford Motor Co.'s effort to stoke the excitement in anticipation of the Mustang's 50th anniversary in 2014.
While Ford is being coy about plans for the Mustang's anniversary edition, the 2013 model gets new front and rear fascias, a more prominent grille and new high-intensity headlamps.
The 2013 Mustang also gets two new Shaker audio systems, one with eight speakers and another with nine, and hill-start assist, which prevents Mustangs with manual transmissions from rolling backward when stopped on hills.
The Mustang's new SelectShift automatic transmission lets drivers operate the transmission manually with a button on the side of the shifter knob.
The 2013 Mustang went on sale this month.
Mustang prices start at $22,995, including shipping, for a V-6 model with an automatic transmission.
But customers can spend $54,995, including shipping, for the 650-hp Shelby GT500. Ford says that one will go 200 mph.
You can reach Bradford Wernle at email@example.com.